The year-old land war in Europe has not distracted the Marine Corps from readying its forces for operations in the world's other hemisphere. On any given day, 20,000 Marines are west of the dateline. Our job is to organize, train, equip, prepare them to handle the crises that may come. But we are focused on the Pacific. But those forces are not simply designed for the Pacific. They're most useful in the Pacific, but highly useful across the globe, Gen. Eric Smith, the assistant commandant, said Feb. 14 at the WEST 2023 conference in San Diego. In January, the Marine Corps reactivated Camp Blaz in Guam after a delay due to the coronavirus pandemic. The base, part of a long-planned agreement with Japan to move thousands of Marines from Okinawa, provides the Marine Corps and the U.S. military a strategic hub for training and operations in the western Pacific.